Heza prepares her rifle for battle in Raqqa.
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Sold by Daesh in Raqqa, Yazidi female fighters are backShe was trafficked into Raqqa as a sex slave by Daesh (ISIS) but managed to escape. The United Nations has qualified the massacres Daesh carried out against the Yazidis during the Sinjar attack as genocide.Daesh separated Yazidi females from the men in Sinjar, bringing the women and girls into Raqqa. The eastern district was the first neighborhood captured from Daesh by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-Arab alliance, in their monthslong offensive to seize the militant bastion.SDF officials told AFP that their forces had already rescued several female Yazidi captives, including a 10-year-old girl, since they entered Raqqa city in June. Over the course of her 10-month captivity in Raqqa, Heza was bought by five different Daesh fighters. Heza underwent intensive weapons training, and when the SDF announced its fight for Raqqa in November 2016, she and other YPS fighters were ready.Some of them, like 20-year-old Merkan, have traveled far to join the fight against Daesh.
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